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Delmer Ramirez-Palma was one of more than a dozen workers who were injured at the construction site on October 12. At least two people were killed.
Ramirez-Palma first received medical attention on October 19, a week after the collapse, Angela Young, a spokesperson for the man, told CNN.
“When our client was first detained we weren’t able to talk to him to see if he received medical treatment,” Young told CNN. “As of Friday our client was not seen by a physician, but when he spoke to his attorney today he said he finally saw a doctor.”
Ramirez-Palma was arrested by the US Border Patrol on Monday at the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge in New Orleans, about 15 miles from the construction site, Bryan D. Cox, acting press secretary for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement told CNN in a statement on Saturday.
“Ramirez-Palma was ordered removed from the U.S. by a federal immigration judge in February 2016. He is currently in ICE custody pending removal to his country of citizenship,” the statement reads.
He is a Honduran national, according to the statement.
Cox added that claims that Ramirez-Palma was denied medical care and legal counsel are false and that “all persons in ICE custody receive comprehensive medical treatment.”
“These are just additional examples of falsehoods told about this agency that irresponsibly spread fear through misinformation,” he said.
Ramirez-Palma is represented by the law offices of Wright, Pichon & Gray Law who said that their client needed prompt medical attention due to the injuries he sustained in last week’s building collapse.
He is currently being held at an ICE processing facility in Louisiana.
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The Astros defeated the New York Yankees 6-4 Saturday night at home in Game 6.
The Astros held the lead for most of the game until the Yankees scored twice in the top of the 9th inning to tie the game 4-4. Astros second baseman Jose Altuve saved the day with a 2-run walk-off homer to win the game in the bottom of the 9th.
Altuve was also named American League Championship Series MVP.
Astros pitcher Justin Verlander expressed his excitement on Twitter immediately after the win.
“I literally love I literally love @JoseAltuve27 !!!!!!!” he tweeted.
The Astros will go head-to-head against the Washington Nationals for the World Series title starting with Game 1 Tuesday in Houston. They’ll play a best of seven series.
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Twenty-three years on, the former cricket star-turned-prime minister has made good on his promise, welcoming the Duke of Cambridge to his official residence in Islamabad during a royal tour of Pakistan this week.
While the official five-day visit was designed to bolster UK-Pakistan relations, the meeting over lunch inevitably triggered memories of William’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.
“[The] last time I met him he was a boy, along with Prince Harry, and they came with their mother to my ex-mother-in-law’s house,” Khan told CNN in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.
Diana was close to the family of Khan’s ex-wife, Jemima Goldsmith. Diana often took her young sons to play in the garden at the Goldsmith family home in leafy Richmond Park, southwest London. Jemima’s mother, Annabel Goldsmith, was something of a mother-figure to Diana.
The late princess visited Pakistan on several occasions in the years before her death — even teaming up with her friends in 1996 to help raise funds for a hospital project Khan was working on.
In the decades since, that venture has become the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre — which became another stop on the Pakistan royal tour on Thursday.
Khan told CNN that during their lunch meeting he wanted to ensure William understood the impact of his mother’s work in the country.
“I was telling Prince William that I was in the outbacks — my constituency, which is Mianwali … I was touring my constituency when I heard of the accident,” revealed Khan, referring to the 1997 Paris car crash in which Diana died.
“And I can tell you, that the impact it had on the people shocked me.”
He continued that he “wouldn’t have even thought they would have heard of Princess Di” and recalled his amazement that her work had penetrated “even in these rural constituencies.”
Several engagements during the Pakistan royal tour have evoked comparisons to Princess Diana, be it playing with young patients at the cancer hospital or visiting the same cultural sites like the Badshahi Mosque.
For William, that is also where the similarities end. While Diana clearly continues to be an inspiration to both him and his brother, Harry, the duke has also used the tour to show a glimpse of the type of sovereign he one day hopes to become.
Regardless, the sentiment offered from Khan will no doubt be a kind reminder of his mother’s incredible legacy.
When asked how William responded, the Prime Minister said: “I think it was important for him to know how much she was loved in this country.”
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Only a few hours later, airstrikes and artillery fire could be felt in northern Syria as the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces accused Ankara and its proxies of severe ceasefire violations.
The mood both in Washington and in the Middle East is that the ceasefire is not the real deal. It expires on Tuesday, October 22, the same day Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recip Tayyip Erdogan will meet in Sochi to discuss the future of Syria. It seems pretty clear: that’s when the world will find out that the real deal will be for the future of this volatile region.
Putin’s leadership role
It’s also clear that the future will, to a large extent, be determined by the Russian President. With Trump’s abandonment of the Kurds, America’s main allies in the fight against ISIS, and his de facto green lighting of Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria, the White House maneuvered itself out of the Syria equation. For better or worse, Putin now owns the military and political mess unfolding there.
But unlike the Trump administration’s hectic efforts at last-minute diplomacy to try to end the bloodshed it helped unleash, Putin at least seemed like a man with a plan.
Russia immediately started negotiations with the Kurds and Moscow’s main ally, the Assad government, quickly reaching a deal to allow the Syrian military into Kurdish-held areas where Damascus has not had a presence for years in order to stave off the Turkish-led offensive. Moscow also quickly deployed its own military as a buffer to keep the Turks and their forces apart from the Kurds and Syrian government troops.
The move caused a good deal of chest thumping among Putin’s military: “When the Russian flag appears, combat stops — neither Turks nor Kurds want to harm us, so fighting stops thanks to our work,” a Russian army officer, Safar Safarov, was quoted as saying by Tass state news agency, as the country’s military police units began patrolling Manbij.
Russia’s high-risk game
With Russia’s new role as the undisputed lead nation also come grave risks. The situation in northeastern Syria is more than volatile. The Turks have made clear they will not allow a Kurdish military presence near their border. But Ankara’s ground force consists largely of Syrian rebel groups, many of them hardline Islamists whom the Kurds fear could unleash a campaign of ethnic cleansing against minorities in this diverse region.
To add to all this, Syrian government forces and the rebels allied with Ankara also have an ax to grind with one another after all the atrocities committed during the devastating eight-year civil war.
Moscow seems to understand the dangerous situation it has been propelled into with its new leadership role.
“We tried to draw attention for many years to the explosive policies of the USA and the coalition, headed for the collapse of Syria and the creation of quasi-state formations on the eastern bank of the Euphrates, pushing Kurds to separatism and confrontation with Arab tribes,” Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said Wednesday as he addressed heads of security services.
The Kremlin is gravely concerned that Russians who fought with ISIS and other rebels groups could return to their homeland and cause instability there. From the moment Turkey launched its offensive in Northern Syria the Kremlin voiced extreme doubts about Turkey’s ability to keep a lid on the thousands of ISIS prisoners and their relatives that the Kurds had been guarding.
“There are areas in northern Syria where ISIS militants are concentrated and until recently, they were guarded by the Kurdish military. The Turkish army entered these areas and the Kurds left… Now [ISIS fighters] can simply run away and I am not sure that the Turkish army can — and how fast — get this under control,” Putin said last week at The Commonwealth of Independent States forum in Ashgabat.
Russia faced a sustained insurgency in Chechnya in the 1990s and prosecuted a bloody war there for several years. The last thing Vladimir Putin wants is for former Russian ISIS members to go back to the Caucasus region, possibly leading to the return of instability. At that same forum in Turkmenistan, Putin warned other leaders of the region to brace for the situation. “We are talking about hundreds of militants there, thousands when it comes to CIS countries. This is a real threat to us. How and where will they head?” Putin said.
“We need to understand this and mobilize the resources of our special services to cut short this emerging new threat,” Putin added.
All Syrian roads lead to Moscow
But despite all the dangers facing Putin’s high-stakes Syria gambit the Russian leader still seems to be in a position to possibly prevent the situation from blowing up even more than it already has.
Russia has a devastating track record in the Syrian conflict. Human rights groups have accused Moscow of committing war crimes in its campaign to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The US says Moscow has systematically bombed civilian infrastructure, especially hospitals, and aided Assad in covering up alleged chemical weapons use by the Syrian military. Russian vehemently denies all these allegations.
And despite many US and European officials lamenting Moscow’s alleged lies and deception, pretty much all the countries and parties involved in the Syrian crisis seem to agree that Moscow is more reliable than Washington in this crisis.
NATO ally Turkey has been working with the Russians for years, despite the fact they back opposing factions in the Syrian civil war. Even arch-enemies Israel and Iran seem to agree that the road to making sure their interests are met runs through Moscow.
And when the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces — which were backed by the US and lost nearly 11,000 fighters in the war against ISIS — found out they’d been dumped by Trump and left to be invaded by Erdogan’s proxy force, they too went straight to the Russians because guess what: Moscow has been working with and talking to the SDF for years as well.
So it was never going to be the Trump White House that could try and broker a solution to the messy situation in northeastern Syria. If there will be deal it will be reached next Tuesday in Sochi by Putin and Erdogan — on their terms.
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“We are in our country. We are in Mexico. We are enforcing our laws,” he says, his voice getting louder with each point he makes.
“Nobody is going to come here to trample on our laws,” he continues. “Nobody is going come here to trample on our country, on our land.”
Soon afterward, according to local media reports, military police from Mexico’s National Guard blocked a large group of migrants in Tuzantán, Mexico, who had been trying to head north. The caravan, made up of thousands of migrants largely from Africa, Central America and the Caribbean, was disbanded and sent to an immigrant detention camp in southern Mexico.
A video of the October 12 operation went viral and stirred a mix of reactions in Mexico, adding fresh fuel to a point critics of President Andres Manuel López Obrador have been making for months.
Mexico, they argue, actually built US President Donald Trump’s border wall after all — not with concrete or bricks or steel, but with thousands of federal forces like this camouflage-clad commander and the troops following his orders.
And Mexico, they argue, is paying for it.
Trump: ‘Mexico is showing us great respect’
Yes, US taxpayers have been footing the bill for efforts to build new physical barriers at the US-Mexico border.
But experts note that Mexico’s massive deployment of National Guard troops over the past few months has played a major role in blocking migrants from reaching the US border in the first place. It’s a point Trump himself has made at several recent events — a dramatic change in tone from his sharp criticisms of Mexico earlier this year.
“I would like to thank President López Obrador of Mexico for the great cooperation we are receiving, and for right now putting 27,000 troops on our southern border,” Trump told the United Nations General Assembly last month. “Mexico is showing us great respect, and I respect them in return.”
A few days later, Trump told reporters he was “using Mexico to protect our border” because Democrats weren’t doing enough to fix the immigration system.
And last week, acting US Customs and Border Protection chief Mark Morgan praised Mexico on Twitter, sharing a news story about the October 12 operation to turn back the latest caravan.
“Mexico’s enhanced border security efforts along their southern border continue to have a dramatic impact on this regional crisis,” he wrote. “I just returned from Mexico where we had collaborative discussions on stemming the flow of illegal migration throughout the region.”
Not everyone is praising the increased collaboration.
The recent video of the National Guard’s response to the caravan of migrants from Central America and Africa drew backlash on social media.
“We criticize Trump for his anti-immigrant stance and our National Guard is doing exactly the same thing,” tweeted Mexican columnist Denise Dresser, who has criticized the troops’ response to migrants in the past.
In a recent New York Times column — headlined “Mexico is the wall” — Univision anchor Jorge Ramos noted that Trump’s comments that he was “using Mexico” had riled many Mexicans.
“It’s true: President Trump is using Mexico. And, against all logic, Mexico is letting him get away with it,” he wrote. “This has to change.”
Thousands of troops deployed
Asked to respond to claims that Mexico is effectively paying for the wall Trump wanted, foreign ministry spokesman Roberto Velasco told CNN that migration flows have notably decreased in recent months, and that efforts continue for a regional development plan to address the root causes of migration in Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
“The number of migrants presented before Mexican authorities has decreased by 70% from June to September,” he said.
The decrease, he wrote in a recent letter to the editor published in Mexico’s El Universal newspaper, came as a result of Mexican legislative efforts and a push to strengthen the rule of law in southern Mexico.
As the Trump administration threatened to impose tariffs, Mexican officials in June agreed to step up their country’s immigration enforcement.
López Obrador has said he had no choice but to negotiate.
“We represent our country with dignity, and we have nothing to be ashamed of,” he said in September. “The sovereignty of Mexico is defended. At the same time, we do not want confrontation. We have a frank, open hand extended to all the governments of the world, and we embrace all the peoples of the world, and we are especially interested in a good relationship with the United States.”
Nearly 15,000 troops are deployed to Mexico’s northern border, where they’ve set up 20 checkpoints, Mexican Defense Minister Luis Cresencio Sandoval said last week at a press briefing on the country’s security strategy. At the southern border, 12,000 troops are deployed and have set up 21 checkpoints.
Military helicopters regularly conduct aerial reconnaissance in both border regions, he said. So far, Cresencio said, more than 60,000 migrants have been intercepted as part of the effort.
At the same press conference, officials noted that the number of migrants seeking asylum in Mexico has increased dramatically, with some 80,000 asylum applications expected by the end of this year.
Officials also touted Mexico’s first transatlantic deportation flight last week. A charter flight with more than 300 Indian nationals aboard flew from Toluca, Mexico, to New Delhi, Mexico’s National Migration Institute said Wednesday.
‘The message on the ground’
Analysts told CNN the video of efforts by Mexican authorities to block the recent caravan is a revealing window into how Mexico’s shifting policies are unfolding.
“The message given is that Mexico is not interested in protecting people that are in need,” says Gretchen Kuhner, director of the Institute for Women in Migration, a Mexican advocacy organization. “The message given by this general is not the official message of the government, but it explains very well what the message on the ground is.”
Ana Maria Salazar, a former US deputy assistant defense secretary who’s now a security analyst based in Mexico, says images of the operation illustrate concerns critics had when Mexico’s National Guard was swiftly formed and deployed this year.
“This is someone who was trained to protect the national sovereignty, not someone who handles migrants. And these are the worries in forming a National Guard so hastily,” she said. “You can’t expect that from one day to the next, a soldier that is trained to protect the territory against enemies of the state will now be responsible for people that are trying to cross illegally into the country. These are very different missions and this is reflected in the images and what the commander says.”
In some ways, Salazar says, López Obrador is doing Trump’s bidding when it comes to his government’s handling of migrants. Such strict immigration enforcement along Mexico’s southern border hasn’t been seen before, she adds.
But Salazar says that López Obrador, unlike his predecessors, has “so much credibility in Mexico that he can assume the political costs of this decision.”
In the past, she says, presidents would have been attacked for taking such steps, and international pressure would have mounted.
“That pressure, which was there for former Mexican governments,” she says, “has been extremely silent on the decisions of this government.”
In fact, public opinion toward migrants in Mexico appears to be shifting, too.
A poll conducted by the Washington Post and Mexican newspaper Reforma over the summer showed a sizable majority of Mexicans felt that increased migration through the country from Central America was a burden on Mexico’s economy and services. Just over half favored deporting more migrants.
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Below are some of the things you need to know to truly appreciate everything sloths can offer.
But don’t rush through this. After all, sloths are famously slow. They probably wouldn’t want you to exert too much energy celebrating.
Their fur is crawling with critters
Sloth fur is long and coarse, and it features grooves and cracks that make a delightful home for things like beetles, moths, fungi, and (barf) cockroaches.
The creatures also play host to a special type of algae that thrives in sloth fur, giving them a sneaky green tinge that allows them to blend into the tree canopy.
They sleep an enviable amount
No need to get up on this lazy Sunday! Especially if you consider that sloths can sleep between 15 and 20 hours a day, according to National Geographic.
They don’t really see a point in pretending to get anything done while they’re awake, either. Even when they aren’t sleeping, they often sit motionless in the trees.
They are the slooooowest mammal on Earth
Their incredibly slow metabolism requires them to conserve energy at all costs. They nibble on fruit, leaves, and shoots, but it takes them days to digest a single leaf.
They typically move about 41 yards a day, or less than half the length of a football field, according to the World Wildlife Fund.
They’ve got mommy issues
Baby sloths cling to their mothers for up to six months after birth. Once they can separate themselves from their moms, young sloths stay close to their mothers for two to four years, depending on the species. Even when separated by thick foliage, mother and baby will communicate by calling through the forest.
They’re giving Michael Phelps a run for his money
OK, so maybe they’re not as fast as an Olympian, but they are fantastic swimmers. Their inches-long claws prevent them from walking easily on land, but they glide easily through the water. In fact, they can even hold their breath for up to 40 minutes, according to World Animal Protection.
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But teams still have a long road ahead, and it’s not getting any easier with tight playoff races across both conferences.
Here are three things to watch for this NFL Sunday:
1. Eagles and Cowboys clash for NFC East lead
The rivalry between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys runs deep.
The games of the 1980s got so violent that then-Eagles coach Buddy Ryan was accused of placing a bounty on the heads of Cowboy players. There’s nothing that intense this year, but Sporting News ranked the clash between the NFC East rivals as the best in the game, even ahead of the combative Bears-Packers.
One might not think the contest between two 3-3 squads would be that exciting, but the division lead is on the line. The Eagles have suffered an inconsistent season, while the Cowboys are reeling after three straight losses that followed three opening wins. With key players missing on offense, it’s been a tough few games for Cowboys QB Dak Prescott, who has thrown four interceptions compared to two touchdowns during the losing streak.
“With injuries or without injuries, you can’t get in your own way, and that’s what we’ve continuously done. Great teams don’t do that,” Prescott recently told reporters.
Prescott will go against fellow 2016 draftee, Carson Wentz, under center for the Eagles. The QB for Philadelphia has had a better statistical season then Prescott. That might be why Philadelphia head coach Doug Pederson all but guaranteed a win for his team, despite two losses to Dallas last year.
Watch: Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys at 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC
2. Detroit seeks redemption as Lions and Vikings battle
After Detroit’s recent loss against the Green Bay Packers, former Lions great Barry Sanders tweeted that the “Lions played too well to have the game end this way.” He was referring to calls by the referees, that even the NFL agreed were bad.
But the referees aren’t entirely to blame for Detroit’s struggles. The team has a knack for blowing leads, giving up an 18-point advantage in the first game of the season before allowing the Packers to come back from 13 down last week. They’ve been unlucky as well, from a first-week tie to last Sunday’s last-second defeat.
The Lions are hoping to catch a break against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, a team that hasn’t won outside of their home stadium. But it won’t be easy, as the Vikings are confident after winning two straight games.
Watch: Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings at 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox
3. Battle of the Birds: Seahawks vs Ravens
Despite playing in different conferences, the Seattle Seahawks and Baltimore Ravens have a lot in common. The teams represent coastal cities, features birds as their mascots and have top five offenses. The Ravens lead the league in yards per game, and the Seahawks aren’t far behind in fifth place. But the real story is their quarterbacks.
The Seahawks have the steady Russell Wilson under center, one of the strongest quarterbacks in the league. The 5-foot-11, 215-pound signal caller is known for his strong passing, but also being able to tuck the ball and run. Wilson has emerged as an MVP candidate this season, having thrown 14 touchdowns and no interceptions, not to mention running in three more scores.
Meanwhile, the Raven’s Lamar Jackson is a 6-foot-2 string-bean known for his feet, as the second-year man from Louisville ran for over 1,500 yards during his final two years in college. “I take advantage…I’m trying to win at the end of the day. If I gotta run, I gotta do it,” Jackson recently told reporters. That’s not to say Jackson can’t throw, in fact, he prefers it. His arm has been instrumental in leading the team to a 4-2 record.
The QBs will go head-to-head this Sunday in what promises to be a showdown of a current great against an up-and-comer. It’s anyone’s guess who’ll come out on top.
WATCH: Seattle Seahawks vs. Baltimore Ravens at 4:25 p.m. ET on Fox
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The President tweeted the major change just over 48 hours after the initial announcement: “We will no longer consider Trump National Doral, Miami, as the Host Site for the G-7 in 2020. We will begin the search for another site, including the possibility of Camp David, immediately.”
The President called the rising criticism his administration was facing “Irrational Hostility,” and wrote, “I thought I was doing something very good for our Country by using Trump National Doral, in Miami, for hosting the G-7 Leaders.”
The White House had been defending its decision to use Trump’s own property as the site for the G7 in the face of mounting outrage and disapproval. White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham told CNN that the Doral site would be “significantly cheaper” than other options.
The administration had argued the event would be run “at cost,” or without profit, by the Trump National property because of the emoluments clause of the Constitution, which largely prohibits the President from accepting gifts and money from foreign governments.
But it is not clear that simply avoiding a profit would keep the administration from running afoul of the emoluments clause. The administration also had not clarified the details of how it would determine what “at cost” would be.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told CNN on Friday that holding the G7 at Trump’s property was “completely out of the question.”
The move to host the summit at Trump’s property had added to deep fractures in the President’s relationships with some allies in Congress already upset with his decision to pull troops out of Syria.
However, several of Trump’s staunchest defenders on Capitol Hill said they were not concerned about it. GOP Rep. Jim Jordan told CNN that “the American people are much more concerned about not where it happens, but what happens at the event.”
But some members of the President’s party suggested otherwise.
Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois said he was “not happy about it.”
“I read the emoluments clause again yesterday,” Kinzinger said on Friday, “and it talks about titles and nobility and all this. I don’t know if it’s a direct violation, but I don’t understand why at this moment they had to do it.”
Noah Bookbinder, the executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, weighed in on the President’s reversal, calling it “a bow to reality.”
“President Trump’s decision to award the G-7 Conference to his own property was outrageous, corrupt and a constitutional violation. It was stunningly corrupt even for a stunningly corrupt administration,” Bookbinder said in a statement. “His reversal of that decision is a bow to reality, but does not change how astonishing it was that a president ever thought this was appropriate, or that it was something he could get away with.”
At a Thursday press briefing, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney defiantly addressed the concern that hosting the G7 there already creates profit by highlighting the resort, asking reporters to “consider the possibility that Donald Trump’s brand is already strong enough on its own.”
Mulvaney told reporters it was Trump who brought up the idea of hosting the G7 at Doral, explaining: “We sat around one night. We were back in the dining room and I was going over it with a couple of our advance team. We had the list, and he goes, ‘What about Doral?’ And it was like, ‘That’s not the craziest idea. It makes perfect sense.'”
The G7 reversal is yet another backtrack from Mulvaney’s White House press conference. Mulvaney, in a stunning admission, confirmed Trump froze nearly $400 million in US security aid to Ukraine in part to pressure that country into investigating Democrats. Hours later, he denied ever saying those words.
This story has been updated with additional developments.
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The President tweeted: “We will no longer consider Trump National Doral, Miami, as the Host Site for the G-7 in 2020. We will begin the search for another site, including the possibility of Camp David, immediately. Thank you!”
This story is breaking and will be updated
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The cases related to emoluments have been paused before subpoenas of the Trump Organization were due, and a three-judge panel had dismissed a lawsuit from the District of Columbia and Maryland state attorneys general over unfair competition with the Trump International Hotel.
On Tuesday, the full 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals voted to rehear the case, with potentially 15 judges or more, on December 12 in Richmond, Virginia.
The District of Columbia and Maryland had previously claimed the Trump International Hotel in Washington harmed hotels and other businesses the states partially own. Trump’s win in July killed the lawsuit before the states’ attorneys general offices could gather financial information from the Trump Organization and Trump himself.
Trump had applauded his legal victory on Twitter, writing, “I won a big part of the Deep State and Democrat induced Witch Hunt.” He noted the appeals court’s 3-0 decision was unanimous. When the case was argued before those three appellate judges, they were notably sympathetic to Trump. But the Circuit’s full panel may not be more evenly split politically. They will examine whether the previous courts reasoned correctly.
It’s uncommon for a rehearing such as this in any appeals courts, though the emoluments issue is a highly unusual case, in that the legal issues involved have almost never been interpreted by the courts.
“A majority of judges in regular active service and not disqualified having voted in a requested poll of the court to grant the petition for rehearing en banc. It is ordered that rehearing en banc is granted,” the court wrote Tuesday.
DC Attorney General Karl Racine and Maryland’s Attorney General Brian Frosh called the lawsuit’s revival “significant” on Tuesday.
“We look forward to arguing our case before the full panel to stop President Trump from violating the Constitution and profiting from the presidency,” the pair said in a statement.
Two other cases testing Trump’s compliance with the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, in New York and in Washington, DC, are still slowly moving through the courts.